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Where history is made

WELCOME to the start of what will be one of the most auspicious years in this nation's history, a story this newspaper has been proud to report for more than 230 years.

The eyes of the whole world will, of course, be on us in 2014.

This is the Year of Homecoming, a mix of events and festivals that will celebrate the very best of Scotland from now right through until next Hogmanay.

Two of the most prestigious sporting events in the global calendar will take place on Scottish soil, with the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in the summer and the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in early autumn.

And on September 18, the nation will face its most momentous decision in three centuries as the electorate delivers its verdict in the independence referendum.

Throughout it all, The Herald will strive to cover these events with pride and with passion, with integrity and with insight, and hopefully, both instructively and entertainingly.

We thank you for joining us at the start of this annus mirabilis, and trust that you will stay with us for its duration.

Fasten your seatbelts. This is going to be a journey never to be forgotten.

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